Take 3 Challenge 2020!!

Anybody wanting a new challenge for 2020??

If you’re reading this outside of our group, please feel free to request to join the group and take part. Go to Abbieanne’s Take 3 Challenge 2020: https://tinyurl.com/wwalcfk

1) I’ll randomly pick you a number, shape and colour for you to create a piece of patchwork

or

2) I’ll name you a traditional block for you to make (the challenge…..only a photo, no instructions how to make)

or

3) the name of a town or village, you need to research and make a piece of patchwork related to it in some way, shape or form

There’s no time limit to making as such, it should be a fun thing to do.
Any photos of completed items posted in this group before Dec will be in for a chance at a prize.

As we did for 2019, the winner will be chosen by my husband under the criteria of ‘I like that one!’

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©‘Double Snuggle’ – Block 12 Flying Geese

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(I call them ‘Flying Dodo’s’, mainly because I have a habit of getting the points knocked off!……you’ll see!)

Finished size = 5” x 20”

points knocked off and patched to size!!

*Please read through all of the instructions before you start whether you are going to make this quilt by hand or machine or a mix, you may pick up hints and tips throughout that can be used…

This block could be a slight variation on the traditional ‘Flying Geese’.  I really don’t worry about the points on the triangles, if they work that’s all well and good, if not I add a bit on the end to make the block to size, after all, this is patchwork……. Bits and pieces and patches!! There are several ways of making this block.

By hand, it’s no different to any other piecing, cut your pieces carefully, join them in units,

 2 > 1, then 3 > 1 Repeat this 8 times then join the units into strips.

Beware not to handle your triangles too much, the bias cuts can distort and miss-shape your units. Remember, accuracy is everything!!

(Please make your own templates from the sizes given below, print outs may not be accurate!!) You’ll find full details of how to join either by hand or machine in the first couple of block instructions back in previous blog posts.  You’ll need to look through the archived blog posts.

please make your templates to the sizes given, don’t forget to add your seam allowances!!

By Machine – there are several ways – I am going for the most basic, traditional method, there’s less to go wrong and you tend to get more accurate results……. cut your pieces at the sizes above, with the added seam allowances, join them in the usual manner as for any other piecing.

You could do a clever thing by cutting small & large squares, then join and cut up and join again….. if you ‘Google’ you will find many videos of this.

You could also make this block by foundation piecing, again, there are many videos available.

You should hopefully have enough information to complete your block.   As ever, if you are confused, which is quite possible, please message me within the Help Group on Facebook or email me on abbie@abbieanne.com .

I hope you enjoy this block, I always do, but I do have a more relaxed attitude to this block than most!!

Abbie xxx

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©‘Double Snuggle’ – Block 11 Curves

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Designed by Abbie Searle Finished size = 15” x 15”

*Please read through all of the instructions before you start whether you are going to make this quilt by hand or machine or a mix, you may pick up hints and tips throughout that can be used…

I’m giving 2 different patterns for this block, I’m very aware not everybody likes stitching curves. The block splits into 4 squares which are all made up in the same manner. Remember to add seam allowances to all sizes given on the patterns.  (Patterns are draw on A4 paper but may not be to size when printed out)

Curves…… Make 4 units as follows……

Join 1 > 2 > 3

Join 4 > 5 > 6

Join 7 > 8 > 9

Join (1-3) > (4-6) > (7-9) to make a square.  Join all 4 units into a bigger square.

There are many ways of joining curves, we all have our own favourite, I use the following method, but you join as you find easiest…… Accuracy of your cutting/sewing line is majorly important, do not rush this one.

I use lots of pins, making sure that they are holding through the sewing line on both pieces of fabric.  They are generally spaced about every ¼” – ½” along the sewing line, pointing inwards from the sewing line.  This will enable me to gently machine over the pins if I need to, if sewing by hand you just take them out as you get to them.

Press your work as you go.

For longer seams, I tend to pin at each end and in the middle, then fill in the areas between with pins, your work may well curve in your hand, but this will right itself when sewn and opened out.

When joining your ‘strips’, pin the centre section first, then work your way to the outside edges, then sew.

You’ll find general details of how to join straight pieces either by hand or machine detailed in the first couple of block instructions back in previous blog posts. Remember, accuracy is everything!!

If you decide to use the straight line design, here’s the order for joining (make sure you get your colours in the right places) add your seam allowances!

Join 1 > 2 > 3 > 4

Join 5 > 6

Join 7 > 8 > (5-6) > to the bottom of (1-4)

Join 9 > 10 > to the bottom of (1-8)

Join 11 > 12 > the left side of (1 > 10)

Join 13 to the bottom of (1 > 12)

You should hopefully have enough information to complete your tenth block.   As ever, if you are confused, which is quite possible, please message me within the Help Group on Facebook or email me on abbie@abbieanne.com .

I hope you enjoy this block, a challenge I think!!!

Abbie xxx

Originally drawn on A4, add your seam allowances
Add seam allowances
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Christmas Relief Day – 31st December & other workshops

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES
New Year, New Creatings!! (Gift Tokens available……)

You may well be aware that I’ve been teaching P&Q for 20 years now, I’m not quite sure where that time has gone to so quickly!! I teach nationally and even internationally these days 😆….but every week I’m available in Cornwall teaching locals a bit of therapy…… or if you’re visiting Cornwall come pay a visit?!!

Beginners and further techniques for both hand & machine patchwork & quilting every Monday in St Austell, @ Sew & Fabric or every Tuesday & Wednesday in Wadebridge in my Therapy Cupboard, start your creative journey whenever suits you, stay for as many weeks as you want, continue onto other projects and techniques as you want…… 2 1/2hrs of peaceful therapy at a time!

Dec 31st…… ‘Christmas Relief Day!’
10am – 3pm, Wadebridge, sit and stitch or just a cuppa, your choice!!

Mystery Quilt making days!! Anyone wanting to start and make any of my ‘Scrap and Stash’ quilt designs, you just need to shout me and we’ll sort days to play!!

20th Feb, 12th March, 19th March
Mystery Make Days – St Austell, £45

19th Feb, 11th March & 18th March
Mystery Make Days – Wadebridge £45

January sees my usual workshop ‘Get to know your sewing machine’….
I designed this day workshop many years ago to introduce you to your machine. To become aquatinted with your new creative friend!! You’ll come away from the day with a made item and the confidence to continue making for yourself.
Weds 22nd Jan, Wadebridge £45
Thursday 23rd Jan, St Austell £45

If there’s a project or specific technique you want to learn just send me the message asking the questions!!
Watch out for day workshops appearing on the list below. (booking is essential)

Monday (St Austell), Tuesday & Wednesday (Wadebridge) in the afternoons we make machined quilts and projects to develop your skills at the rate you want. You choose the design and I’ll guide you through as you need.

Saturday 2nd Feb
Sit & Stitch with Abbie @ Sew and Fabric in St Austell
. 9.30-1 £3 this is a social morning, natterings and coffee!!

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Merry Things!!

Paul and I would like to thank you all for your continued support and doing stuff with us!!

Here’s to a whole lot more next year!!

Enjoy your seasonal festivities Everybody! xxx

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